The first quintet to ever perform at Carnegie Hall will make its Hattiesburg debut on Friday, Feb. 19 as part of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s Connoisseur Chamber Music Series.
Formed in 1961 at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Dorian Wind Quintet travels the world concertizing in 49 of the 50 states, Canada, Europe and throughout the Middle East, India, Africa and Asia. The quintet will perform in Marsh Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus at 7:30 p.m.
Quintet members include Gretchen Pusch, flute; Gerard Reuter, oboe; Jerry Kirkbride, clarinet; John Hunt, bassoon and Karl Kramer-Johansen, horn.
“The Dorian Wind Quintet is one of the oldest and most prestigious woodwind quintets in the world,” said Danilo Mezzadri, assistant professor of music at Southern Miss. “It is a great opportunity to hear a live performance of this group right here in Hattiesburg.”
Each member of the quintet is a virtuoso in his or her own right, as well as a dedicated chamber player. Each is associated with the most prominent performing ensembles, venues and musical institutions in the world.
The quintet collaborates with well-known artists, including Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Jean Casadesus, Phyllis Curtin, Anne Epperson, Lukas Foss, Claude Frank, Lee Hoiby, Lorin Hollander, Ruth Laredo, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Tocco and Beveridge Webster.
In addition to working with noteworthy artists, the group also served as resident ensemble for several institutions, including the Mannes College of Music, Brooklyn College, Hunter College in New York City and the Festival Institute at Round Top in Texas.
“This is a very famous group. They’ve been around for so long that almost everyone in the music world has heard of them,” said Bernardo Miethe, a senior flute music performance major from Venezuela. “Having been in a woodwind quintet for almost three years now, I can’t wait to hear and possibly meet the quintet members in person.”
The performance is free to all Southern Miss students with a student ID.
Quintet members will host master classes Feb. 19 from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. that are free and open to the public. The locations are as follows: horns, Jazz Station; bassoons, Fine Arts Building Room 218; oboes, Mannoni Performing Arts Center Room 104; clarinets, Mannoni Performing Arts Center Room 009. Flutes will meet in Marsh Auditorium at 10 a.m.
Tickets for the concert range from $5 - $15 and can be purchased from the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or visit http://www.southernmisstickets.com. To find out more information about the Dorian Wind Quintet, visit http://www.dorianwindquintet.org/ or http://www.usm.edu/arts.
The Dorian Wind Quintet will perform on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus on Friday, Feb. 19. (Submitted photo)
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